Joseph W. Camp, Jr., has been a faculty member and administrator in the Purdue University system since 1985. He was appointed secretary of faculties in the summer of 2003, and as such Camp is secretary, parliamentarian, and advisor for the Faculty Senate. His responsibilities include serving as a member of and secretary for the senate Steering Committee and the Intercampus Faculty Council, member of the senate Advisory Committee, and executive secretary for the senate Nominating Committee.
A professor of veterinary parasitology, Dr. Camp earned his PhD in biology from Wake Forest University in 1980. He joined the faculty at Purdue University North Central (PUNC) in 1985 as an assistant professor of biological sciences. He was promoted to associate professor in 1990 and full professor in 1999. He served as director of the PUNC Biology Field Station from 2000 to 2002 and as acting chair of the Biology/Chemistry Department from 2002 to 2003. During his time at PUNC, Camp taught a variety of courses in the biology curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to his role as secretary of faculties at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, Camp currently teaches parasitology to second-year veterinary students and first-year veterinary technology students.
His research interests focus on the interactions between helminths and their intermediate and definitive hosts. In addition, he has started to examine the proteome of the parasite Sarcocystis neurona that causes equine protozoal myeloencephalitis in horses. Camp is a member of AAAS, the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists, the American Society of Parasitologists, the Annual Midwest Conference of Parasitologists, the Helminthological Society of Washington, the Indiana Academy of Science, Phi Zeta (chapter secretary), and Sigma Xi.